With today’s technological advancements, I feel spoiled to have great access to a variety of gears for my passion as a DJ. Every year, new releases of high-quality preamplifiers, analog-to-digital converters, speakers, and digital mixers become available.

Whether you’ve been in this field or is someone who’s still considered as “young blood”, it can be easy to be overwhelmed with that number of choices.

So let’s make it simpler and easier by taking them down one by one.

In a previous post, we talked about vinyl turntables. Now on this post, we’ll be focusing more on digital mixers.

So without further ado, here are the top 10 digital mixers on our list.

1. Mackie Profx8v2 8-Channel Compact Mixer

Mackie Profx8v2 8-Channel Compact Mixer
Mackie Profx8v2 8-Channel Compact Mixer

The best thing about this mixer is the value you get for the amount of money you pay for it. Some may feel that it is smaller than others but it’s packed full of features that give DJs a lot of control.

First off are the specially designed preamps that boost the sound for a microphone, a keyboard, a guitar or any other instrument you connect to it. All of the 8 channels has a low cut filter of 100z.

Additionally, this digital mixer is also equipped with a variety of sound effects like a delay, reverb, and chorus. It’s also possible to use with your laptop, mp3 or an external hard drive. Best of all, it is versatile enough to be used live or as a studio mixer.

2. Yamaha Emx5014c 14-Input Powered Mixer

Yamaha Emx5014c 14-Input Powered Mixer
Yamaha Emx5014c 14-Input Powered Mixer

Yamaha is a popular brand in the music industry and they are known for their high-quality products. This mixer is one of them. It comes with 14 channels comprising of four stereo and 10 mono.

The highpass filters are at 80Hz, which works well in removing bottom end noise. You will also easily figure out any overload problems or monitor signal peaks because of the LED feedback indicators.

There are also switches for Aux1, Aux 2 and a return switch to enable more sound assessment and control. Plus, an additional 16 effects to choose from.

Apart from the features, it is also a travel-friendly unit boasting its steel chassis for durability. It’s great for both live work and mixing in a small studio as well.

3. Yamaha Ag03 3-Channel Mixer

Yamaha Ag03 3-Channel Mixer
Yamaha Ag03 3-Channel Mixer

Next is another mixer from the popular Yamaha brand. This is a popular choice for those who prefer more innovative pieces of equipment. It’s a mixer not only for DJs and musicians but also for gamers.

At its core, its a 24bit 3-channel mixer with a two-track recording plus audio interface. Among the effects it comes with are EQ, reverb, and compression, which are all adjustable to fit certain environments, preferences or situations.

Livestreaming is also possible with this mixer. This small mixer will also work with PC or Mac. It’s a small unit that boasts multi-purpose functionality.

4. Allen & Heath Zed-12fx 12-Channel Mixer

Allen & Heath Zed-12fx 12-Channel Mixer
Allen & Heath Zed-12fx 12-Channel Mixer

This mixer may be small but it packs a lot of techs. A great unit for traveling DJs, this small mixer has 12 channels with 6 line inputs and 4 auxiliary sends. Half of the channels have preamps with +69dB of gain.

Direct send out of audio is possible through a USB. Control of sound would include options like delays, chorus, flangers, and reverbs plus 24-bit effects. All in all, it produces an exceptionally clean sound thanks to the high-quality preamps.

Although it’s not the cheapest mixer in the market, it falls in the mid-range price. It’s a powerful tool that can satisfy your desk mixer needs.

5. Peavey Pvi 6500 400-Watt 5-Channel Powered Mixer

Peavey Pvi 6500 400-Watt 5-Channel Powered Mixer
Peavey Pvi 6500 400-Watt 5-Channel Powered Mixer

For 50 years, Peavey has been producing a range of high quality and durable gears like this mixer. It is a 400-watt, 5-channel mixer that’s great for live events. It comes equipped with a powerful Silencer preamp that makes it ideal to use in mixing multiple vocal tracks.

Feedback is easily detected and removed through the use of its 8-band graphic equalizer, which also lights up LED to signify such a problem. The patented Kosmos-C sound enhancement module allows for adjustment of frequency ranges for better sound.

Additionally, there are 24-bit digital effects that make it even more fun to control the sounds. There’s also delays and reverbs available, which can be controlled with a footswitch.

Although it may not have as many effects as other mixers, it’s capabilities when it comes to vocal sounds make up for it. Some may even call it a “PA amp”, which is mostly for vocals but can still be used for other instruments like keyboards or guitars.

Final Words For Now…

So there you have it, that’s part 1 of our top pics for mixers. Mixers seem a simple piece of equipment where you input sound, process it and then monitor the sound output, but there may be a lot involved in the processing.

There are so many mixers out there and they have different features to offer. It’s difficult to choose just ten but this first five can get you started. Watch out for the second part of this review to see what else we have for you.

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